There’s been a lot of speculation lately, after the reveal of Nintendo’s Wii U, that Microsoft will be revealing their new Xbox next year.
So the question is whether Sony is also gearing up for their next console. In an interview with business magazine Forbes, SCEA president Jack Tretton was posed the question.
He made the point that PS3 has taken a long while to be profitable: “PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have.”
“What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time.”
Speaking specifically about the Wii U reveal, Tretton said: “I think there’s ground to be carved out for everybody. But I didn’t see anything about Nintendo’s announcement that said ‘Oh, we’d better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon.’”
“Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.”
There’s no question that Sony has a big incentive to drag this generation out as long as possible, due to the troubled launch of the PS3. The system has also been quietly making up ground in worldwide sales for a long while. And with the upcoming launch of the Vita handheld, they have enough battles on their hand right now.
It’s doubtful, though, that they won’t have to respond, if Microsoft reveals their next generational leap in tech next year.